Double Impact: Why DIY Cleaning Supplies Make Going Green Frugal


Last week, we asked you to join in the Giveaway 4 Good and vote on a new Double Impact challenge by telling us how you prefer to live frugal and green. The votes are in and the majority of readers selected making your own cleaning supplies. Here's why Sommer Poquette at Green and Clean Mom suggested that as an option for this poll. Double Impact has asked some "mommy bloggers" to help choose the poll options for ways to make your life more eco-friendly. This week, Sommer Poquette at Green and Clean Mom suggested ways to save money, while also living green. Double Impact spoke with her about her interest in living a greener lifestyle & why she chose making DIY cleaning supplies as an option for this poll. Here's what she had to say:


Double Impact: You frequently share tips on being green while saving green on your blog. How did you first get started with it? Why do you think it is important to be green?
Sommer: I started blogging in 2007 when I was staying at home with my children. I had a four month old and I was watching the Oprah Earth Day special. I was alerted to all of the toxic stuff we use in our home, on our bodies, the waste in the landfill and how we can save money by going green. It was a light bulb moment for me
and after a few months of making changes and researching I started blogging to share my journey.

Double Impact: What are the biggest challenges you hear from moms/parents about going green?
Sommer: There seems to be a school of thinking that going green means buying expensive products, installing solar panels or buying a new hybrid. Many of the moms I speak with are already making great choices they don't realize it. From buying
used, going to the garage sales, cleaning with vinegar and reusing everyday items we can all do something.

Double Impact: What part of Double Impact do you find most exciting?
Sommer: I love how Double Impact is giving a reader some choices that sparks some motivation in someone! We all need some inspiration from time to time. The partnerships are with companies I respect and in the end it is about supporting a
good cause, Healthy Child Healthy World.

Double Impact: How did you come up with the idea for making your own household cleaners? Why is that important for moms/parents?
Sommer: I thought this was a good first step and it is easy and cheap to buy vinegar and baking soda! I wanted to give people the inspiration to do something that doesn't cost much money and that they will use everyday.

For more on making your own DIY cleaning supplies, check out:
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Detergent
Detox Your Home: Assemble a Green Cleaning Kit
How to Go Green: Spring Cleaning
10 Cancer-Causers to Remove from Your Home
Make Your Own Simple Scouring Scrub
Never Buy Cleaning Supplies Again!
Make Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Baking Soda

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